Energy Muffins

posted on: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Energy Muffins is the best name I could come up with for an otherwise long version of carrot date oat nut muffins. Energy Muffins because I ate one and I felt completely satisfied and ready for the next big thing. Energy Muffins because it took us a whacking 4 hours to make. They came out of the oven right when dinner should have come out of the oven, so naturally I called them dinner. We paired it with freshly squeezed tangerine juice, the tangerine slices fell on the ground one two many times compliment of my newest sous chef Maria -the baby.

Lovely Mariko, from The Little Foodie, gave us a citrus juicer for Christmas. It's been Baby Maria's favorite toy since the day it arrived. Enzo's favorite toy when he was her age was a little vacuum cleaner that made the noise but didn't pick up any dirt. He carried it around and would "vacuum" the entire living room over and over and over again. I hated that toy. It made my busy life angry. Why did it not work as a real vacuum? Was Fisher Price worried I would be exploiting my 1 year old?  Because the truth of the matter is that I would have, of course. Little toddlers are eager to explore the world, imitate what you do, and do it! Baby Maria saw me making orange juice, pulled her chair next to me and decided she wanted to give it a try. As soon as the citrus makes contact with the top it starts spinning so even my one year old can make juice, and she does. So the lesson here is that if you need to get another plastic something or other for a 1 year old make it useful, give them a kitchen appliance.

With that being said let me make myself useful as a food blogger and give you a recipe already. Note: it took us 4 hours to make because I let Enzo do all the chopping and cutting and shredding, mixing and whisking and measuring.

Enzo makes me muffins Baby maria makes me tangerine juice.
I could get used to this lifestyle really fast.

Energy Muffins - yield 12 muffins
(printable version)

2 cups flour
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 large eggs
8 dates (cut into smal pieces)
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup chopped almonds
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Pre heat the oven to 350*
  2. line the muffin tin with cupcake liners
  3. Melt the butter in a medium sized bowl and whisk in the eggs and yogurt.
  4. In another bowl mix the flour, oats, sugar, nuts, cinnamon, dates and baking powder.
  5. Add the butter, egg, and yogurt to the flour mixture and fold until well incorporated
  6. Add the shredded carrots and mix.
  7. Pour the batter evenly into each liner. It will be very full, don't worry.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm and Enjoy.
Here are some more breakfast recipes I want to try


  1. This recipe looks awesome. Do you think that if the flour was substituted with rice would turn out the same? My sister is highly allergic to wheat/gluten and I think that she would LOVE these. They look DEELISH! Hope you are having fun in the S U N !!!

  2. This muffins look delicious! And very satisfying too :)

  3. I'm going to make these. I also need to know what kind of citrus juicer you got, please. We have an abundance of orange trees and I have a 1 year old.


  4. Everyone could use some energy muffins! Thanks for sharing :) The longer they take the more love inside, right?! I hope you're loving your trip!

  5. Ooooh, yummy. These looks amazing, and I am definitely going to make them! (and also some minions... I mean babies ;-)

  6. sounds wonderful, damaris! i'll have to make some of these to take to class this semester.

  7. These muffins sound awesome!! Any sort of treat that can mix in a bit of healthy stuff is great in my book---the perfect excuse to eat more, right? :D

  8. Da, next time have him roll the oats too, and you could find time for a full pedicure.

  9. These muffins sound fantastic, esp before a good workout, thanks for sharing.

  10. Your kids are adorable! :) Love their smiles.

  11. Well, at the very least, it looks like the four hours' of work was worth it! New muffins and an aspiring sous chef! A good investment of time, if you ask me ...

  12. This is exactly the kind of thing I like to eat for breakfast! Thanks for sharing! I've seen many versions of a healthy breakfast muffin with carrots, but I love the addition of sunflower seeds! :)

  13. How fun! I am excited to make these, they sound perfect, we love our fruit and nut muffins in a big way.
    Your so funny, 'exploit' your children, that's what theyre for :] I had my 16 year old so he could babysit the smaller ones! j/k, he can barely watch himself most of the time!
    I can totally relate to both aspects of your story. It takes me 4 hours to make anything w my little helpers and we have had our share of annoying toys over the years. You know they do have a little toy vaccum that really does work. It lightly sucks things up, I think it's Hoover. Taget had them.
    btw, very cute pic w the egg carton ;)

  14. these sound delicious! i love all the seeds and nuts in them!

  15. i love this recipe - an overflowing loaded muffin with lots of STUFF is my favorite.

  16. ha ha...I let Indigo wipe things down for me - she runs from the vacuum. These look wonderful.

  17. I'm happy to have gotten caught up on your posts... Happy belated birthday to Christian, and happy 2011 to you both!!!

  18. It's so good that you let your kids help in the kitchen! I love healthy muffins as a mid morning snack. I make raisin bran muffins regularly but these look like a nice change of pace. This would also give me a use for the left over carrot pulp from my juicer!

  19. These look absolutely delicious, and the healthy bit makes them good for you too :) I love your blog and everything about it from the recipes, the writing, and the photos. Thanks for making my day!

  20. Energy needed! I love this recipe, I can almost taste them!

  21. This looks amazing! Are you a member of For The Love of Blogs? We have a Tasty Tuesday link up and I'd love to feature you and a recipe some Tuesday. Let me know if you are interested! xo

  22. Her da! Just wanted to drop by again and let you know that I received the cookbook yesterday. It is so awesome! Thank you! I am definately going to be posting about some of the wonderful recipes in it!

  23. Mmmm, energy muffins! I am totally going to make these. Maybe my kids will even like them... your little guy looks quite pleased with them!

  24. This sounds terrific! I'm going to have to make them for my boys.

    Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys

  25. Those sound amazing! And that is the cutest smile I've seen all day.

  26. I just printed this out. YUM. I can't wait!
    Thanks for your sweet comment today. I have been lurking over here and on Twitter for a while and need to comment more! Love your site.


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